“Slides, somersaults, and pure panda joy.”

By Meghan Overdeep
February 01, 2021
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Smithsonian Zoo Bears Snow
Credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo

The internet is head over heels for the recent footage of two giant pandas at Smithsonian's National Zoo having the ultimate snow day.

In a clip shared by the Washington, D.C. zoo, pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian can be seen having a beary good time playing in the fresh powder. Smithsonian's famous panda cams caught the adorable bears enjoying the rare snowfall, rolling around their enclosure and on separate occasions, even sliding down a hill on their backs.

"Slides, somersaults and pure panda joy," the National Zoo wrote alongside the video on Twitter Sunday. "Happy snow day from giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian!"

Mei Xiang, 233-pound 22-year-old female giant panda and Tian Tian, a 264-pound 23-year-old male giant panda, welcomed a cub, Xiao Qi Ji, last year.

While the panda house at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, viewers can watch the family go about their daily lives via the zoo's panda cams.

Xiao Qi Ji, the first baby panda the zoo has had in five years, also got to experience the snowfall over the weekend. According to a Facebook post, the cute little bear was nervous as first, but "eventually he worked up the courage to take a little nip at the fresh powder."

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It is believed that there are only 1,800 giant pandas left in the wild. As part of the Smithsonian's National Zoo's cooperative breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, all panda cubs born at the zoo move to China when they are four years old.

Hopefully these sweet bears get more snow days this season!